I think that we make the best dentures and implant over-dentures that money can buy. I am proud of our dentures and implant over-dentures. In fact, I LOVE making them!
Why do I love them? The simple reason is that that our dentures deliver confidence and beauty. They give people a reason to smile. When I bring someone from “before” to “after,” I see a complete transformation in a person and it feels great to be a part of that positive change. When a person first enters our office they often come holding a hand over their mouth afraid to show their teeth. But it is amazing that after just a few visits they leave smiling and laughing with confidence like a Hollywood movie star, Fortune 500 CEO or first-time grandparent of a brand new baby boy or girl.
After I deliver your brand new smile, our relationship should not be over. We want to see you periodically to help you care for your edentulous gums and oral health. A common mistake that people make is they think that if they don’t have teeth then they don’t have to see a dentist. That is NOT true. Your dentist does far more than just “fix teeth.” As a dentist, I render oral cancer exams, evaluate the health of your jawbones and gums, and give on-going advice regarding your denture and health. If you are wearing a complete denture then you should have an exam at least once per year. If you have dental implants or an implant over-denture then I recommend at least 2 cleanings with exam per year.
We can do exams and oral hygiene for you once or twice per year in our office. But your method of daily, home care of your denture and mouth is far more important. Here are 5 simple tips for gum care and how to care for dentures at home.
Do NOT sleep with your dentures. Take them out every, single night.
SOFTLY Brush your denture twice a day under lukewarm water with a DEAD SOFT BRUSH and in CREAMY, SMOOTH (not gritty or course) toothpaste.
Care for your edentulous gums that can develop fungal and bacterial infections even though you don’t have teeth. Each and every night, rub and massage your gums and palate with a course, cheap, wet washcloth. I do NOT recommend toothbrushes for brushing gums and palate.
On most nights after brushing and rinsing your denture, submerge your denture in FRESH, CLEAN, COLD WATER.
About once a week or AS NEEDED, Soak your denture in denture cleansers for freshness. I do NOT recommend that you soak in commercial cleansers every day. The chemicals can be harsh and lead to early breakdown of your denture acrylic. Do NOT soak your denture in bleach or alcohol-based mouthwash.
Never make home adjustments to your denture. If your denture or implant over-denture is not fitting properly, visit our office. Dr. Hogan can make your denture fit properly.